‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Interviews: Glen Powell And Greg “Tarzan” Davis On Learning To Soar By Following Tom Cruise’s Lead

The weight of expectations is heavy on the cast of Top Gun: Maverick, and for good reason. The original movie in 1986 is so much more than just a story about hotshot fighter pilots. It became a cultural touchstone, one of those iconic films that defines a generation. And, of course, it made Tom Cruise a superstar. Cruise is back as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the long-awaited sequel, and he has been absolutely driven to make this movie not just a reality, but something truly special. That means the entire cast surrounding him has to be special, too.

Enter Glen Powell and Greg “Tarzan” Davis. Powell had originally been up for the role of Rooster, son of Maverick’s late friend Goose, and the movie’s co-lead opposite Cruise. It instead went to Miles Teller, and Powell was offered the role of the cocky Lieutenant Jake “Hangman” Seresin, who has more depth and leadership than meets the eye. It’s a big role, one that Powell got to make his own.

Davis was a social media superstar who turned to acting as his focus, making the most of his roles on Grey’s Anatomy, All Rise, and Call of the Wild. But his big break came when he got the call to play mission candidate Lieutenant Javy “Coyote” Machado.

Now the film is here, following skyhigh buzz from its Cannes world premiere. I had a chance to talk with Powell and Davis about Top Gun: Maverick, the intense training they were put through, the respect they have for Tom Cruise’s passion to get this movie made, and the challenge of shooting those crazy aerial sequences.

Top Gun: Maverick opens in theaters on May 27th. You can check out my review here and the interview below!

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.